Susan Jeffers’ ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’

by Sit up a Tree

Isn’t it weird that, for all we want, our brains will do all it can get away with to avoid pain, even at the expense of great pleasure.

We’ll play it safe to avoid the pain of rejection, emotional strain or physical pain, even it means more pain for us in the long run. You might decide not to ask that special someone out for fear of getting rejected, or not ask for that day off because you don’t want to make your boss angry. In that case, our own mind is our worst enemy as it looks for shortcuts to avoid pain, no matter the cost.

Much of the time, we also thinking our ways out of social interactions. It’s amazing what one person can achieve when left to themselves, but bring one or more other people into the equation and you have a taller order getting those cogs to turn.

I myself have had issues with this before and more than once I’ve been labelled ‘pushover’, ‘spineless’ and other terms I don’t care to say.

This is where Susan Jeffers’ ‘Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway’ has been a big help.

I personally can’t believe that this book was published 26 years ago, because everything about it feels so close and relatable to me even though it’s older than I am!

Written by a woman in a time where most self-help books for women were still just written by men and only really discussed finding and keeping a man, this funny and charming book goes a step better in helping you learn to love and trust yourself and overcome your fear of fear.

The main aim of the book is to help us bust the myth that says we aren’t good enough to cope if the worst happens. What if we anger our boss asking for that day off and they fire me?! What if that girl I’ve wanted to ask out for weeks not only rejects me, but laughs at me?! What if? What if? What if? Aaaaaaaah! Noooooooo!

‘Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway’ helpfully gets us to realise that, no matter the situation, we really can handle it. And once she’s helped us gain that ‘can do!’ attitude, she then goes on to give us an little extra kick up the ass to actually get passionate about going out there and making stuff happen.

I learnt from her that, no matter if the situation isn’t exactly a I’d like it, I can handle it and it is at least better to take steps and stumble than it is to just stand in one spot forever. I realised that I would feel worse to play it safe in life just to see that even weeds are growing more than me!

It’s a good book with some very simple and helpful ideas for getting out of your own way and learning to cut fear’s control over you and I’d highly recommend you give it a read or listen – And it’s quite short, so shouldn’t take too long to get through!

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A few superfoods to get you going

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The health food world is going crazy about superfoods. Credited with having almost magical health properties, superfoods are an elite group of foods that are believed to be incredibly beneficial to your health.

Some common foods like blueberries, garlic, dark chocolate and broccoli, as well as some stereotypically health-foods foods like green tea, wheatgrass and kelp, are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. However, as there is no 100% set definition for the term ‘superfood’, it is difficult to get a genuine idea of how, or whether or not, they work! It is such a grey area, in fact, that the EU has banned the term ‘superfood’ from being used on packaging or to promote products.
For example, garlic is supposedly really good for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, but apparently you would have to eat around 28 cloves A DAY, to see any results! I think that would be a bit too much…

BUT! Despite the uncertainty around the details of the subject, these ‘superfoods’ are still good for you. You aren’t going to find a Snicker or a fast food burger on there any time soon, so you can still be confident that these foods aren’t going to be UNhealthy to you.

Decreasing your intake of junk food and increasing your consumption of healthy “super” foods, will have a positive effect on your health. Here are a few foods you can add to your diet:

Superfoods Spinach – Spinach is full of vitamin C and K, rich in antioxidants and provides nutrients that encourage healthy hair and nails. It also works against muscle degeneration and promotes cardiovascular and bone health.

Pistachios – Pistachios are high in protein, fibre and unsaturated (good) fats and help to lower cholesterol.

Quinoa – Quinoa is one of the best super foods as it is very high in protein and fibre, contains all essential amino acids and is a source of iron, lysine, magnesium and manganese. It is also gluten free!

Broccoli – Broccoli contains Vitamins A and C and is a good source of both iron and calcium. Broccoli also contains compounds that aid the body’s ability to impede cancer cell growth.

Garlic –  Garlic is well known for helping to maintain a healthy immune system and regulate blood sugar. It also contains vitamins C and B6.

Dark Chocolate – Dark chocolate, as well as being and antioxidant, helps to lower blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels.

Sweet Potato – As well as being fantastic in both sweet and savoury dishes, sweet potatoes are bursting with Vitamins C, D and B6 and are good sources of iron and magnesium.

Goji berries – Goji berries contain all your essential amino acids and are very high in iron and zinc. They also contain the highest concentration of protein of any fruit in the world and are a good source of fibre.

Almonds – Almonds provide a good dose of Vitamin E, calcium, zinc and many other nutrients. They also promote healthy digestion as well as healthy skin, hair and nails.

Brazil nuts – They contain a lot of protein, fibre, calcium, selenium and iron. They can promote heart health, a strong immune system and are a healthy snack substitute.

For more info on the difference between junk and super food, here’s a very helpful video from PsycheTruth:

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Real Riches

by Sit up a Tree


In life, we put a lot of value on things. Whether fame, wealth, fancy cars, technology or our appearance, so many of us focus on owning things to give our lives more value. The endless pursuit of these things can leave our lives empty. Would our lives suddenly become meaningless without them?!
All of those things can be physically taken from us very easily, and life can sometimes pull the rug out from under us.

Riches - Oscar Wilde

Could you be happier in life if you shift your focus from fleeting things, to the riches of life that no-one can rob you of? By all means enjoy the things you have and want, but place the value of your life in true and meaningful treasures, such as your spirit and energy. Treasure what truly matters and let those other things take less of your focus. Approach life with an attitude of gratitude and accept what life gives you, rather than seek material things.

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